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Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Private
  • Urban
  • 65%35%
    student ratio
  • 111
    total students
  • $34,990 | $34,990
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition


The Graduate Program at PAFA

The graduate program experience at PAFA is transformational. Whatever a student's background or experience as an artist might be, he or she will be thrown into a community atmosphere of intense discovery and challenge. Student's work, assumptions, and senses of identity will be questioned and provoked by members of one of the largest graduate fine arts faculties in the world. A large and diverse body of fellow student artists working in many different artistic directions will become a supportive peer group. A program of visiting artists and critics will expose students to both emerging and established trends in contemporary art making. PAFA's museum hosts changing exhibitions of world-class art and artists as well as a distinguished collection of historic and contemporary American art. The Annual Student Exhibition (ASE), held each year in the Museum galleries, attracts over 11,000 critics, patrons, artists, and the arts public.

The goal of the graduate programs at PAFA is to give students the tools, the skills, and the intellectual basis for a lifetime of creative achievement.

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in graduate studies is for those artists who have already completed undergraduate degrees and have a substantial amount of studio art-making experience. They want to spend a year devoted to the development of their artwork while being immersed in a rigorous, supportive environment.

The Masters of Fine Arts degree program is for those students who have completed undergraduate degrees, and who wish to pursue a program of graduate studies that provides an intense and transformative immersion in contemporary art making practice within a large and supportive community of artists, critics, visiting speakers, seminar leaders, and fellow students.

Location & Contact

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

128 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
United States

Andre van de Putte

Dean of Enrollment

Phone: 215-972-2047
Fax: 215-569-0153

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Colleges, Departments, and Programs

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students111
    • Female Percentage65%
    • Male Percentage35%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students111
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Full-time Percentage100%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino1%
    • Black / African American2%
    • White / Caucasian77%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian4%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown13%

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *$34,990
    • Out-of-state tuition *$34,990
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this insitution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this insitution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableNot Reported


89% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 106
    • Accepted 84
    • Acceptance Rate 79
    • Enrolled 37
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $60
    • Application Fee - International $60
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 15th Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's Degrees10-20 slides of work and slide list or SlideRoom® submission, 3 letters of recommendation, bachelor's degree, statement of purpose
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 600 paper based, 250 computer based, 250, iBT 100, IELTS paper based 6.0


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty31
    • Full-time Percentage32%
    • Part-time Percentage68%
    • Female Percentage45%
    • Male Percentage55%




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